The North Face Dhaulagiri II GTX
The Dhaulagiri II GTX has been discontinued. It last appeared in The North Face's 2011 product line. If you're looking for something new, check out the best backpacking boots for 2023.
This is a great boot that has given me no problems, have held up, and remained dry in some pretty nasty conditions as long as the water didn't go over my boot. They took very little time to wear in and are almost more comfortable than my sneakers.
- Great support
- A bit heavy
These boots are great. I wear size 10-11 US women's and usually have a hard time finding shoes that fit properly. These shoes provided great ankle support, fits my arch perfectly, and has plenty of wiggle room for my toes.
I went on a (failed) backpacking trip where we hit an impassable river and had to turn around. We decided that the way back we would do a "gear test day" so we could say we got something out of the trip. I put those boots through hell.
The entire trail was basically a river from all the spring run off so rather than tip-toeing around the trail I tromped down in the mud and water testing just how water proof the boots were and, to be honest, I was a little shocked. My boots remained dry the entire time until I fully submerged my foot into a river. On my last dry trip it kept all the debris out as well.
I found them a bit slippery on wet boards/planks but the traction is otherwise pretty great.
I've only had them for about a year, it took me next to nothing to break them in. They didn't get my hot this summer and my toes were toasty in the cold. Over-all a pretty great boot.
Source: bought it new
Not bad at all. In fact I was pretty impressed. I bought these boots literally a couple of days before doing the Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp trek. No time to break them in.
Almost three solid weeks of very tough trekking. Not a single blister. Not a single problem. Admittedly I avoided getting them soaking wet, but went through a lot of snow without issue.
Source: bought it new
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